The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

March 4, 2020

Join us for an interactive Q&A session with the USPTO's Trademark Experts. This month's presentation will cover navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), the Identification of Goods and Services Manual, and the maintaining of federal trademark registrations. Make sure to bring your...

March 5, 2020

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Join the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan to learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product. This session for aspiring entrepreneurs,...

March 6, 2020

Did you know that patents offer country-by-country protection? Learn how to help your clients protect their intellectual property in foreign jurisdictions. An expert from the USPTO's International Patent Legal Administration will host a two-hour webcast seminar reviewing the considerations and...

March 10, 2020

Learn about trademark registration and ask experts your questions during Trademark Tuesday, a virtual meeting with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) . The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hosts this interactive question and answer session on the second Tuesday of...

March 10, 2020

Now that you have registered your trademark, you must properly maintain both the trademark and the registration. Learn about required post-registration maintenance filings, as well as optional filings that can help ensure your federal registration protects your trademark for years to come. We'll...

March 14, 2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with the support of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, and The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law,...

March 17, 2020

If you are a patent attorney or agent, it helps to think like an examiner. Get a better understanding of how examiners makes decisions at the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) agent attorney three day course. The USPTO is applying for CLE credit in Washington for...

March 17, 2020

Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office Director Hope Shimabuku will serve as a panelist on the topic of "The Gender Gap: Addressing STEM Education, Funding & Inventorship" at the IPWatchdog Con2020 in Dallas, Texas. Regional Director Shimabuku's panel is scheduled from 2:30-3:30 p...

March 18, 2020

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive, rotating three-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every third Wednesday of each month. Part one: Patent Process — January 15, 2020 Part two: Types of Patent Applications and How to File —...

March 18, 2020

Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts at the Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (TXRO). The TXRO will continue its five-class curriculum on patents. Class one is an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web, and USPTO resources Class two covers...

News & Updates

USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset with 2019 data files now available

The latest update to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Assignment Dataset, consisting of full data files from 1970 to 2019, is now available to the public for free download. The dataset is an organized relational database of patent assignment and other related transactions...

USPTO hiring hundreds of new examiners in 2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting two job fairs for engineers in February. These Patent Examiner Recruitment Open House events are designed to attract soon-to-be graduates and professionals with backgrounds in biomedical, computer, electrical, and mechanical...

USPTO and Mexican Institute of Industrial Property launch new worksharing arrangement

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) agreed to launch a new worksharing arrangement that will accelerate the process of obtaining a patent in Mexico for businesses and individuals already in possession of a...

David Gooder appointed USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has appointed David Gooder to be the new Commissioner for Trademarks. As Commissioner, Gooder will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of the USPTO’s Trademarks...

National Patent Application Drafting Competition sign-up extended to Jan. 14

Competitors can sign up for the 2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition until noon ET on January 14, 2020. This competition introduces law students to U.S. patent law issues and develops their patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills. Student teams will be given a...

U.S. and Brazil implement expanded PPH agreement

On December 1, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Brazil’s National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) put into effect a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement that significantly expands on a prior agreement, allowing for applications for more industries...

Consolidated Trial Practice Guide, November 2019

In November 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a second edition of the America Invents Act (AIA) Trial Practice Guide (Practice Guide) to incorporate the Practice Guide updates released in August 2018 and July 2019 into the original August 2012 Practice Guide. The second...

Safeguarding attorney information from improper use in trademark filings

To help the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) maintain the integrity of the trademark filing process, we recommend that attorneys proactively monitor our database for trademark filings that use their names, signatures, and contact information without their knowledge or consent. We’re...

Update on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today provided notice of an update to the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance (2019 PEG). The October 2019 Update responds to public comments regarding the 2019 PEG. The update does not change the 2019 PEG, but provides...

USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 12,...